Cloe Lake Field Day

On September 13, 2016, students from Punxsutawney Area High School attended the annual Cloe Lake Field Day. 

Cloe Lake is a 27-acre lake located in southern Jefferson County.  The stream that feeds this man-made lake is Jackson Run.  This stream provides an excellent opportunity for the students to study the variable factors that impact a watershed.  Participants are from Punxsutawney Area High School. 

Students checked the chemical parameter of the water.  They used a kick net to catch macro-invertebrates in the stream.  They mapped the stream to determine if the stream has changed its course.  Also, physical parameters of the stream such as temperature, width, depth, flow and velocity are collected.  All of this information is calculated and compared with data from previous years to determine the relative health of Jackson Run. 

This event is planned each year by Susan Rensel of DCNR and the teachers at Punxsutawney High School.  Grace Pesselato from the Jefferson County Conservation District help with this hands-on event.  Matt Heffner and John Brundege, both of DCNR, also participates each year.  Cloe Lake provides these students with a wonderful learning opportunity in an outdoor setting.


Students inspected the kick net and identified the macro-invertebrates that they caught.
Students recorded data about Jackson Run and when back in the classroom, they will compare it with past year's data.
A kick net was placed in the stream to collect macro-invertebrates.
Students tested water from Jackson Run and will compare the data with the previous year's results.
DCNR staff explained to students why trees are important to the quality of the water.
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